Library Orientation

Please use our many available reference services while the reading room is closed for our building renovation project.

Finding materials at the Folger

The Folger's collections are in two main sections:  

Open Stacks (Modern) Books
Modern printed books (published 1831 and later) are arranged by Library of Congress call numbers on open stacks located on Deck B, and will be listed in our online catalog.

Vault (Rare) Materials
Most of our rare books (pre–1831), manuscripts, art, and special collection materials are discoverable in our online catalog.

Once you have the call numbers of rare materials you wish to consult, please submit your requests through your reader account, using the links in Hamnet and the Finding Aids database, or with a blank request form created from within your reader account. While you may work with a maximum of six items at a time, you may request as many items as you need.

Guidelines for using Folger materials

Before beginning your research, please review the following information in Folgerpedia:

Guidelines for Using the Collections
General information about use of the reading room.

Handling Vault Material
Ensuring that you handle our vault materials safely will help us ensure that they are available for future researchers.

Photography Guidelines
Cameras are allowed (and even encouraged!), but make sure you know the dos and don'ts of taking pictures of our collection materials.